We are ready to begin our electrical! After receiving directions from the electrical inspector (via the electrician) that we needed to use ENT (non metallic conduit) and plastic boxes, Chris and I have spent many hours talking to suppliers. This option was expensive and cumbersome.
We spoke to several of our new “green” friends on the Island-the Robinsons (www.canadianfamilyrobinson.com) and the Bairds (www.eco-sense.ca) -who have recently built cob homes. Cob is the material that is used between our tires and the material upon which our electrical wire will sit and be buried in. After pulling together photos and anecdotal evidence and sharing information from their jurisdictions, our electrical inspector gave us the go ahead to wire “normally”, that is using the regular wire and metal boxes, without conduit. In essence because cob is not considered a corrosive material in other jurisdictions our electrical inspector has agreed to follow precedent, as long as he is provided with photos and copies of our research.
Yay. I am heartened that our mission to prove that we can build an alternative home affordably and under current regulations is possible. THIS is why it is important to build within the rules. Now, a precedent has been set in our jurisdiction and paves the way for others to build alternative homes with fewer challenges.
More in the coming weeks.